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State grant will pave way for major upgrades to Rex Theater

A state grant will help local owners of the historic Rex Theater complete needed repairs to the facility, seen in this photo from the 1940s. (Submitted photo)

VALE – A $90,000 grant from the state will help fund an ambitious renovation project for the historic Rex Theater.

The grant from the Oregon Parks and Recreation Department paves the way for the owners – husband and wife team of Mike McLaughlin and Sandijean Fuson - to make a host of upgrades.

“I was elated with the news. Many people within our region tell us that they appreciate the Rex Theater still entertaining after all these years,” said Fuson in a press release. 

Planned improvements to the building include a new heating and air conditioning system, new furnace and repairs to the 107-year-old building.

An upgrade . . .